K-5 Literacy Update

March 23, 2015

K-5 Literacy Academic Focus

1. Integration of evidence based best practices across reading and writing using a balanced literacy approach

2. Instruction on the five fundamental components of reading

3. Instruction on the traits of writing

4. Student writing using sources

5. Tiered instruction implemented in whole group, small group, and intervention settings

TEACHERS AND LEADERSHIP ENGAGED IN PROFESSIONAL LEARNING ON WRITING WITHIN A BALANCED LITERACY FRAMEWORK AT D.H. STANTON

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Georgia Milestones Assessment

The Georgia Milestones Assessment is quickly approaching for students in grades 3-5. Features the Georgia Milestone Assessment System include:
  • open-ended (constructed-response) items in language arts and mathematics (all grades and courses);
  • a writing component (in response to passages read by students) at every grade level and course within the language arts assessment;
  • norm-referenced items in all content areas and courses, to complement the criterion-referenced information and to provide a national comparison; and
  • transition to online administration over time, with online administration considered the primary mode of administration and paper-penc​il as back-up until the transition is complete.

For more information, view the video below and visit this site for additional resources such as blueprints, content weights, assessment guides, and read-aloud guidelines.

Georgia Milestones

Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition District Winners

With nearly 70 submissions, students in K-5 classrooms across the district displayed their passion for writing as a participant in the Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition this year!. The following student writings were submitted as an entry in the state level competition. Let's wish them luck!
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Upcoming Professional Learning Opportunities

K-2 Literacy Textbook Vendor Demonstration: Week of March 30th

Literacy Contact Teacher Talk: March 30

CORE Learning: April 30, May 2

Reading Endorsement: Every Thursday

Coaches Academy Meeting

Our next meeting will be held on May 5th. All the best as you prepare for the Georgia Milestones! If you haven't already, check out readworks.org for paired passages and accompanying questions to support synthesis writing from sources.

Dr. Adrienne Simmons, K-5 Literacy Coordinator